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#131: The Past is a Grotesque Animal

May 28th, 2020 · 119 minutes

For a main topic, John wants to talk about regrets, lost loves, and things that could have been different.

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Things kick off with a review of recent household paper cuts. Breaking the AirPods Rule, not using the hand rail, and barely surviving the chute into the kill zone.

John hears the case of Merlin's exploding plumbing in order to adjudicate whether it constitutes an actual emergency. Service people are all about lead generation, but, John appreciates the input.

The consequent verdict leads to exploration of minimizing COVID attack vectors. Speaking of riding things out, again with John's toe. Just the one. Descript is also discussed.

John wants Merlin to talk about this, so he does. Witness his confessions.

(Recorded on Tuesday, May 19, 2020)


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